Searchers look for hiker missing in S. Utah

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a missing Salt Lake City man who went hiking over the weekend in southern Utah.

The Washington County sheriff's office says 49-year-old Jim Williamson reportedly went hiking in the Red Mountain area near Ivins on Sunday. They say he may have traveled in the wrong direction and that he called his wife from a cell phone Sunday to tell her he was almost out of water. Officials think Williamson's phone has since lost its charge.

Williamson's wife called authorities Sunday and search efforts started that evening.

Chief Deputy Rob Tersigni says searchers have used a dog and helicopter in their efforts. He says the search is likely to stop at sundown on Monday and start again Tuesday if needed.


Information from: The Spectrum

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